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Old 11-01-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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We started getting AARP before turning 50. We also recently got an AARP addressed to a first name I've never heard of in our family, but with our correct last name (which is OFTEN spelled wrong) and address? (We've been in our house over 15 years and there are no previous owners.)

I'll look at our next mailing, but I believe they are sent bulk mail. If they are not sent First Class, there are additional costs and data entry that needs to be made to update the mailing address list with forward and return address corrections. I could be wrong, but I doubt that's happening.

Additionally, people forget or don't know is that just as advertising on TV, in newspapers, and in magazines, pays a large portion of the cost, "junk mail" is what keeps the price of postage down.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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My wife signed me up for AARP about 4 years ago. I don't know why.
I got some much mail from them and mailers from insurance companies I dropped my membership after the first year.
I have since requested that they remove my name from their mailing lists and was told that would happen but it has not.
So, from now on when I get a piece of mail from AARP or one of their vendors with AARPs name on it I use that postage paid envelope and send back whatever came in it with my own little personal message!
Let them pay the postage both ways for nothing.
Maybe the well get the message, maybe not.
Has anyone ever got off their lists?
I signed up for AARP years ago when I was first eligible. However, they never "did anything" for me so I dropped it. I STILL get a lot of stuff from them. I have given up trying to get off of many mailing lists. I just shred it all when it comes in. Between AARP and my bank I am inundated with "offers" of one kind or another...usually some kind of insurance...but my shredder works fine.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I requested "no junk mail" in as many ways as I could find. It really works ... I see what goes into my neighbors' mailboxes compared to what goes into mine. https://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs4b-junk_mail.htm
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Every time you get a mailing send the prepaid envelope back empty



That is what I do, for AARP, and credit cards, and the rest of the junk.
We know how to contact AARP, if we are interested.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Ash Fork
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a lot of places sell or exchange peoples addresses . it used ti tick me off until i decided to have fun with them . for each different one i would change a letter in my name or other bit of info . then when i mailed it back to them and they sell my info i know who is doing it . i get all kinds of mail with so many variations of my name that i have to laugh .
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I always said if the government wanted to find Osama Bin Laden earleir, just inform ARRP he turned 50. Them fockers can find anybody...LOL
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Afghanistan
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Mail a brick back (or any heavy worthless object) to them using the prepaid postage envelope. yes it is legal, yes it does work. It turns out the receipents don't like paying seven dollars for the brick. It is very effective for credit card offers also. I have done it and I am proud of it. Chase and Bank of America no longer bother me and as a bonus they told all their friends.


Here are the detailed instructions: Mail a brick to junk mailers using paid postage - Creative tips with dealing with spammers and bulk mailers
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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Mail a brick back (or any heavy worthless object) to them using the prepaid postage envelope. yes it is legal, yes it does work. It turns out the receipents don't like paying seven dollars for the brick. It is very effective for credit card offers also. I have done it and I am proud of it. Chase and Bank of America no longer bother me and as a bonus they told all their friends.


Here are the detailed instructions: Mail a brick to junk mailers using paid postage - Creative tips with dealing with spammers and bulk mailers

Just go to their website and opt out.
Worked for me.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Afghanistan
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Just go to their website and opt out.
Worked for me.
AARP reminds me of a Countrywide mortgage I had on a vacation home before the real estate crash. I had a small note at a great rate that I paid on time. Those are not big money makers, it seems. So they called me every two weeks or so with all sorts of offers to increase their revenue on this note, mainly offering a HELOC.

I tried everyhting to get them to stop. Emails, letters, opt outs nothing worked until:

ring, ring

Hello.

Mr. Traeger this is Rick of Countrywide calling to offer you a HELOC.

Hi Rick, how are the kids?

(sighs) we've called before...

Every other week.

I'll take you off the list.

I've tried that it doesn't work, you'll call again. Say how about you bring the family over for brats this Saturday, I've got the pool opened!

Thank you for your interest in Countrywide.

It turns out he couldn't be rude to me, but he had a quota to make and me taking his time was the worst punishment. I never heard from Countrywide again.

Best of luck on the opt out.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:46 AM
 
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Let them waste their $$ we just dump them in the recycle bin. The worst to me is the Reader's Digest. They continued sending their magazines long after the subscription ran out and kept sending me bills, even after I canceled the subscription.
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